By Michael Bresciani – BarbWire guest contributor
The dictionary definition of “reprobation” pales against the Biblical definition.
The word “reprobation” in the Bible refers to something far more than simple immorality. It is the inability to hear, understand and implement truth and morality. People with reprobate minds find it impossible to discern right and wrong.
The Bible says God gives men over to a state of reprobation as we collectively approach the last days of time before the second coming of Christ. The word is used in Romans 1: 28, one of the most frightening prophetic statements in all of scripture.
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Speaking of conditions preceding the last days, the Apostle Paul declared, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind…”
The phrase “God gave them over” is enough to make us shudder when considering that if God gives us up, redemption and any chance of recovery is literally impossible.
Oddly, most dictionary definitions include a rendering of the word that clearly indicates that people don’t just fall into reprobation, they willfully labor to get into this state.
Synonyms of “reprobate” include words like ban, forbid, prohibit, rebuff, repel, spurn, check, constrain, curb, repress, restrain, restrict, balk (at), hinder, impede, and obstruct. But what is being impeded or obstructed by the collective minds and hearts of the last days crowd?
In the simplest terms, all that pertains to God, righteousness and morality is shunned in an atmosphere of self-indulgence and lawlessness.
Before reprobation sets in on a generation, they may be found acknowledging and repenting of their sins. After reprobation begins to take root, they are found affirming and celebrating their sins.
Nowadays, anyone calling out the sin is called a hater of the sinner. The lawless then turn to the law to force acceptance of their lawlessness. It is a vicious cycle that leads to destruction.
If you want to lust for those of your own gender you must be protected by the law to do so, and even the suggestion of someone counseling you to avoid the temptation must be silenced. Several states have adopted laws to stop counseling to change the minds of youngsters who are inclined toward their own sex.
The law of God is being sidestepped by popular trends, PC notions of diversity, and the ‘new morality,’ which is only amorality (disregard of all morality) passing itself off under a new name.
Changing the laws is a means of changing definitions of social institutions to remove from life any borders or parameters that define good and evil.
When all of this reaches its peak we will be ready for the world’s last dictator: a ruler long prophesied to come in the last days. He will be called the “lawless one” (2 Thess 2:8 NAS) according to the Apostle Paul.
A ruler who lives without laws may seem like the perfect non-sequitur until it is revealed that the antichrist changes the laws to fit his own view of right and wrong. Being the incarnation of the Devil himself means that his view is always the exact opposite of God and is always wrong. A perfect type of the antichrist is Barack Obama. He rules, but according to — mis-rule.
Gay marriage and abortion, Obama’s preferred social causes, are antichrist in nature. Then there are his anti-American policies such as coddling our enemies, blocking the recovery of our own natural resources, jumping headfirst into the great global warming hoax, allowing government agencies (IRS) to push his political agenda, and the wasting of the lives of soldiers and public servants without anyone answering to the law (Benghazi).
This kind of law is not what was long ago established by the Living God, the Constitution of the United States, and a duly elected congressional body of lawmakers.
Examples abound of laws that are lawless, or redefined to rip apart the foundations of all that is right, moral and decent. Want a new definition for marriage? Watch out, people may think it’s time to marry themselves, their coffee cups or worse. Sound silly? Check out this headline story:
We can find many examples of people refusing to repent, but instead ‘affirming and celebrating’ immorality and lawlessness. Here is one that typifies them all:
Reprobate minds not only practice high level immorality, but the state of mind that exists without any reference to God also produces some high level stupidity. Here is a prime example:
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.) Roman statesman, philosopher and orator, said something that many of us are fully aware of, but in this nation we have had no cause to take it too seriously until today. Cicero said “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But, it cannot survive treason from within.” The product of lawless rulers is always the same – tyranny.
When rulers attack the laws and foundations of a nation they are enacting a subversion that never draws God’s approval. To wit:
“To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.” (Lamentations 3:36)
Unfortunately, there is a well-defined principle set forth in the Bible that has gotten lost in this day of approaching darkness.
The Bible says that when a nation chooses to ignore its sinfulness, God will not only allow them to go reprobate, but will empower them with rulers who will enable them to succeed in their drive to destruction.
Many of today’s best theologians, preachers and ordinary citizens alike see leaders like Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi as the fulfillment of this Biblical principle.
The first sign that reprobation is making its approach is that behaviors that once made us blush are now celebrated shamelessly. Then we see yet more headlines to confirm that we are well underway in our new, poorly chosen, direction.
In Western Journalism’s Floyd Reports is a story with the headline: “Shocking New Poll Explains America’s Degenerate Culture.” The subhead reads: “As much as the humanist crowd argues the contrary, America relies on its citizens’ faith in God to maintain our unparalleled level of freedom and opportunity.” It is a scathing and very sad report, but who among us can deny it?
Is there a way to turn around America’s plunge into reprobation?
To say otherwise would be to deny that God can and will bring a people back into favor if they will turn and serve him again. Since Obama took office we may have seen this verse quoted time and again as a call to a nation that is surely going reprobate. The key is obedience. For all that God says in His word, it’s time for the heeding, not just the reading.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Ch 7:14)
Michael Bresciani has been the publisher of American Prophet.org since 2005. The website, which features the articles and reports of Rev. Bresciani along with some of America’s best writers and journalists, has earned the title “The Website for Insight.” Millions have read his timely reports and articles in online journals and print publications across the nation and the globe. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook
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